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Engine House

Truro, Cornwall

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In the heart of the Trelissick estate, yet slightly removed and sharing a private enclosed garden with the The Water Tower, Engine House provides comfortable accommodation in a wonderful setting. Built in the same era and with the same workmanship and attention to detail as the Water Tower, it used to house the generator for pumping water from the tower to the main house.

Explore the Fal Estuary and beyond without impacting on the delicate natural environment of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Park up the car and do all your travelling by river. Use the hop-on hop-off ferries to visit Falmouth, Truro and all points between.

We also have other cottages at the heart of the Trelissick estate, including the nearby Ferris's Cottage and Quay Cottage. Further to the west of the estate you can find Old Lodge and New Lodge.

If you would like to go on holiday and explore this part of the country you can find out more about our other West Cornwall holiday cottages here.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
hall, sitting/dining room with open fire, galley kitchen, bathroom (including large shower cubicle with folding seat and bath with removable seat), two bedrooms (1 double, 1 single), cloakroom with lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: Rointe digital electric heating system.

Garden: Shared enclosed garden with The Water Tower.

Parking: Level shingled driveway with space for one car outside the garage.

Utilities: Washing machine, tumble drier and freezer are situated in the adjoining garage. The washing machine and tumble dryer are a combined washer/dryer.

Telephone: Limited reception for mobile telephones.

Please Note: All rooms are accessed via a 65cm-wide corridor

Offers: For any 3 night booking starting on a Thursday or a 2 night starting on a Friday, guests can benefit from a late departure on Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Offers: Free entry to Trelissick, Glendurgan Garden and Trerice on production of booking details.

Battery car available, free of charge for disabled visitors to use when visiting the gardens. Please call the property office on 01872 862090

Catering: Homemade meals can be ready on your arrival at an extra charge.

Logs/Charcoal: Unlimited supply of National Trust seasoned logs available at £5 per night or £20 per week.

Barbeque available on request: National Trust charcoal available at £5 per bag.

Local Suppliers: Canoe Cornwall offer good value and good quality. They provide archery, bushcraft and canoeing sessions on Fal and Helford.

Cycle Hire: This can be arranged through Explorer Cycle Hire either before your stay or locally.

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Quirky
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • Accessible for occasional wheelchair users
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

A magnolia blooming at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall © Stephen Robson

Cornwall may be steeped in Celtic history yet it also offers the uncomplicated joy of a day spent by the sea. From the picture-box charms of the villages and towns of St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to the raw natural beauty of the coast, one trip to this part of the world is often just the start of many more. Remember to pack some good walking boots and you’ll be set for life!

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  • foot ferry to Truro
  • Falmouth and St Mawes
  • car ferry to Roseland Peninsula
  • Fishing
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Trelissick Garden
Trelissick Garden Tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants
Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families
East Pool Mine
East Pool Mine Impressive Cornish beam engines and industrial heritage discovery centre
Trerice Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden
Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool
Penrose Wooded country around Cornwall's largest natural lake and dramatic coastal scenery
Godolphin Ancient and atmospheric house and garden set within an historic estate

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Riley
    • September 2015
    • ....
    Exceeded expectations!

    We could not fault the cottage. I was in the single room and was delighted by its size and storage space. It was also good to have two mirrors and a hair drier supplied in the room. I usually find that a single room is not so well equipped as a double room but this exceeded expectations. The tranquillity of the environment was excellent. Really helped to relax mind and body. The flowers, milk and biscuits supplied on our arrival was an added bonus.

  • Colin Rickwood
    • February 2015
    • Surrey
    Made special by:

    Location within a property we know well. Lovely location and the cottage was up to expected standard. Downside is lack of communication facility i.e. no wi-fi and more importantly no mobile reception which is a problem in an emergency.

  • Anonymous
    • January 2015
    • Unknown
    Special place:

    Trelissick facilities, parkland, views and walks

  • Mrs Julia Ball
    • November 2014
    • UK
    Secure garden for dog

    Surroundings perfect, warm and comfortable good shower and bathroom 2 loos and secure garden to exercise our dog.

  • Alan Bleathman
    • May 2014
    • Somerset
    Beautiful setting

    The beautiful setting of the cottage and the views across the water to Falmouth and Mylor Harbour

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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